\ˈshmüz \
variants: or shmooze
schmoozed or shmoozed; schmoozing or shmoozing

Definition of schmooze 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to converse informally : chat also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections

transitive verb

: to engage in schmoozing with she schmoozed her professors



Definition of schmooze (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gathering or time devoted to schmoozing

2 : casual talk that is often gossipy or ingratiating

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schmoozer \ˈshmü-zər \ noun

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Schmooze (also spelled shmooze) is one of a small, but significant, number of words borrowed from Yiddish that have become relatively common parts of the English language. Other such words include chutzpah, lox, maven, mensch, nebbish, schlep, and schlock. Though classified as a High German language, Yiddish also borrows from the Slavic and Latinate languages as well as from Aramaic and Hebrew. It was the Hebrew shěmu’ōth ("news, rumor") that provided Yiddish with the noun shmues ("talk") and the verb shmuesn ("to talk or chat"). Although originally used in English to indicate simply talking in an informal and warm manner, schmooze has since also taken on the suggestion of discussion for the purposes of gaining something.

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People will have time to schmooze during the cocktail hour. spent every spare minute of the conference schmoozing with the industry's power players


had to master the art of the schmooze if she wanted to get ahead in the business
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But Weinstein's behavior was reportedly an open secret in the industry, which might make all the photos of Winfrey schmoozing around with him a political problem. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Oprah might run for president. We did the opposition research for you.," 9 Jan. 2018 Better to have him attack you than schmooze him like Bartiromo, but still. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "How former Fox News exec Bill Shine is the perfect Trump hire," 6 July 2018 Stars, producers and studio executives schmoozed in frantic fashion during the commercial breaks and straight through some awards. Brooks Barnes And Cara Buckley, New York Times, "A Golden Globes Draped in Black Addresses #MeToo," 8 Jan. 2018 Since this is a family affair going back to 1942, dad Kenny sat with us and schmoozed. Ina Pinkney,, "Go-to breakfasts from wood-fired bagels to grilled coffee cake to deli classics," 24 Apr. 2018 For a donation of between $10,000 and $100,000, some of the party's biggest donors got the chance to schmooze with two of the most powerful Republicans in Washington. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "How Mike Pence is trying to save California Republicans | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 Punch roams the room, schmoozing and delivering dishes. Devra First,, "Why is one of Boston’s best new restaurants in Newton?," 30 Apr. 2018 Cruise has been a standout past performer at CinemaCon, for which the major film studios jet their mega-stars into Sin City to schmooze exhibitors while showing off their upcoming movie slates. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Can Tom Cruise climb again to CinemaCon glory? Plus 5 more burning questions," 23 Apr. 2018 This involved having scientists schmooze with industry executives at meetings and lunches, allowing executives to preview the trial design and vet researchers who strongly suggested the study would end in their favor. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“I don’t f—ing care”: In wooing $67M from big alcohol, NIH nixed critical study," 3 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But his desire to practice instead of schmooze with sponsors won’t hurt in dispelling the perception of some that football isn’t all that important to Rosen. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Why Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen didn't practice Thursday," 17 May 2018 Don't be afraid to cultivate relationships with inspirational people, using your natural finesse to network and schmooze. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What May's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 26 Apr. 2018 Most are already technical whizzes and strong musicians who then are taught as fellows how to converse with the public, meld into an ensemble, speak to journalists, generate interesting programming ideas, schmooze with donors and teach. Sean Erwin, miamiherald, "New World Symphony: Classical music and a genius for community building | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 2018 The showcase is also a great chance for the basketball industry to network and schmooze, even more so than summer league in Las Vegas. Jeremy Woo,, "The G-League Showcase: 25 Early Observations from the Annual Event," 12 Jan. 2018 And because Keith loves the spotlight, expect him to schmooze and wade through the crowd, ready for any photo op that might arise. Kevin Warwick, Chicago Reader, "Hip-hop alien Kool Keith again invades Logan Arcade for his annual X-mas extravaganza," 15 Dec. 2017 On Sunday afternoon at the Toronto International Film Festival, V.F. contributor Jordan Hoffman caught up with Nolan, who conducted a Q&A after a special IMAX screening of Dunkirk—and, in the spirit of the season, also made time to schmooze. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "The First Round of Emmys Gave HBO 19 Things to Smile About," 11 Sep. 2017 On Sunday afternoon at the Toronto International Film Festival, V.F. contributor Jordan Hoffman caught up with Nolan, who conducted a Q&A after a special IMAX screening of Dunkirk—and, in the spirit of the season, also made time to schmooze. Rebecca Keegan,, "The First Round of Emmys Gave HBO 19 Things to Smile About," 11 Sep. 2017 Use your natural social skills to network and schmooze, because these opportunities may be stemming from your extended social sphere. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What This Week's Horoscope Means for You," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of schmooze


1884, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schmooze


Yiddish shmuesn, from schmues talk, from Hebrew shĕmu'ōth news, rumor

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English Language Learners Definition of schmooze

: to talk with someone in a friendly way often in order to get some advantage for yourself

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